Wrestling is Art: Pop

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Haverhill, MA – 2.16.2013

Jervis Cottonbelly vs. Kobald

Cottonbelly and Kobald trade control of a full nelson. Kobald stomps on Cottonbelly’s foot to escape. Cottonbelly wins a test of strength. Kobald bites his hand and sits down on his chest while controlling the wrist. Cottonbelly puts on a half crab until Kobald crawls out of the ring. When he comes back in, Cottonbelly gives him a monkey flip. Kobald goes back to the floor. He puts on Cottonbelly’s jacket and hat and shakes hands! They trade holds on the mat. Kobald gently folds up the jacket and throws it into Cottonbelly’s face! He drives his knees into his chest for two. He delivers a slingshot splash for two. He drives his elbow into Cottonbelly’s shoulders. Cottonbelly throws an uppercut. He strings an armdrag and a hip toss together. He delivers a variation of the People’s Elbow for two. Kobald rakes his back to avoid a suplex. He spears Cottonbelly and hits the Demon’s Toilet for the pin at 8:49. Cottonbelly has really come into his own during these “Wrestling Is” shows, perhaps the most under appreciated guy at the moment. Kobald was a nice foil for him and I enjoyed the gentlemanly antics they played up during the middle portion of the bout. **½

The Estonian Thunderfrog & Drew Gulak vs. Obariyon & Kodama

Obariyon seems to have some control on Gulak. Gulak becomes enraged and begins to throw clotheslines, including a Northern variation that turns Obariyon inside out. He and the Thunderfrog double hip toss Obariyon. Thunderfrog gets two with a Northern Lights suplex. Kodama rolls Obarioyn out behind the referee’s back. Kodama catches Thunderfrog when he turns around. Gulak gets pitched to the floor so Obariyon can get in some shots. The Thunderfrog gets beaten down in the Batiri corner until he hops out of a double suplex and tags in Gulak. He unloads with strikes and boots on The Batiri. He hangs Obariyon in a tree of woe and suplexes Kodama onto him! Gulak slams Obariyon onto the ropes for a two count. Thunderfrog and Gulak try a double team move on Obariyon. Gulak however gets sent out. Thunderfrog gives Obariyon a gord buster and a double axe handle for two. Gulak and Thunderfrog are thrown into each other. Gulak eats the Skull Bronzing. Thunderfrog uses his Estonian Hammer onto the mat which knocks down the Batiri and the referee! Thunderfrog lifts Kodama up into a powerbomb. Obariyon breaks the pin. Kodama clotheslines Gulak to the floor. Obariyon gets taken down by a Thesz Press by Thunderfrog. Kodama catches him with the Flying Blockbuster for the pin at 9:06. I am continually impressed with the Thunderfrog and Gulak might be the moster underrated guy in all of wrestling right now. This match also contained some really tremendous team work from the Batiri. Color me impressed. ***

It doesn’t fall into my guidelines for reviewing, but I have to mention that AR Fox vs. Chuck Taylor was an excellent match and worth the $4.99 alone.

Mike Quackenbush vs. Jaka

Quackenbush pops his way out of Jaka’s headscissors. He’s met with a couple headbutts to the stomach. Quackenbush baits him into an wristdrag to the floor. He follows him out with an Asai moonsault. In the ring Jaka sends him head first into the corner and gives him a shoulder breaker. He gets two with a belly-to-belly suplex. Jaka claws at Quackenbush’s face while also doing damage to his shoulder and neck. Quackenbush goes for an O’Conner Roll. Jaka holds onto the ropes so that Quackenbush falls back onto his neck. A neckbreaker and rolling headbutt to the ribs get him a two count. He headbutts and kicks Quackenbush in the back while he’s hung up in the ropes. Jaka headbutts him out of the ropes and gets a two count. Quackenbush catches him with a kick to the head. Jaka shakes it off but gets sent to the apron. Jaka throws Quackenbush’s head into the top turnbuckle. He misses a Superfly splash. Quackenbush gives him an inverted atomic drop, sweeps out Jaka’s legs and drives his knees into his chest. Some elbows take Jaka off his feet, allowing Quackenbush to deliver a basement dropkick. He hits the Black Tornado Slam for two. Jaka throws him off the top rope. Quackenbush rolls through. He tries a palm strike but Jaka ducks and German suplexes him across the ring! He tries for a super belly-to-belly suplex. Quackenbush knocks him down and lands a Swanton Bomb. Jaka kicks out. Quackenbush baits him into a pinning combination for the win at 14:05. I was really impressed with Jaka here. His offense was on point as usual, but Quackenbush really helped make him look like a threat and a force to be reckoned with. I think that’s the good thing about Quackenbush working guys like him and Coronado – it gives them a lot of credibility with a win or just by being able to hang with him. Even the finish in a way protected him. I come out of here even more impressed with Jaka and enjoying this match even more than I expected. ***½

Colt Cabana vs. Tim Donst

Donst rubs his forearm across Cabana’s face. He takes Cabana to the mat in a waistlock. Donst mocks him by getting in the amateur position. Cabana smacks his buttocks. They criss-cross the ropes. Donst doesn’t fall for Cabana telling him to look up, so he stomps on Donst’s foot and slaps him in the face. Cabana jumps into a kneeling press pin for two. Donst pulls referee Dan Yost towards him. He then corners Cabana and rubs his forearm in his face again. Cabana gets Donst in the corner. He tries the Flying A**hole but Donst catches him with a German suplex. He brings Cabana to the floor with a backbreaker. Donst drives his back into the ring post. He suplexes Cabana in from the apron for two. Cabana avoids Donst’s splash attempts. He gets crotched in the corner for the Donst Cap. Donst then gets two with another backbreaker. Cabana gets his feet up to block a second rope attack. He throws some jabs and a Bionic Elbow. The Flying A**hole is successful. Cabana kicks the ropes into Donst’s face for two. Donst misses an Ace Crusher. Cabana splashes him. Donst locks on From Dusk til Donst. When Cabana escapes, Donst gives him an Ace Crusher. He follows with a Gator Roll for two. Donst fights Cabana on the top rope. Cabana catches him with the Chicago Skyline, but Donst rolls to the floor so he can’t be pinned. That time allows Donst to kick out at two when Cabana brings him back in. Donst hits Cabana in the head with the cap from the ring post to block a superplex. That gets Donst the pin at 12:04. A cheap finish to an otherwise good match. All of these cheap and DQ finishes doesn’t make dislike Donst in a way that makes me want to boo him, it makes me not want to watch his matches. **¾

Green Ant & assailANT vs. Max Smashmaster & Blaster McMassive

Sidney Bakabella is in the Corporation’s corner. McMassive overpowers Green Ant, no matter how much posing Green Ant does. He does almost get him for a slam, but McMassive sends him out with a clothesline. assailANT and Smashmaster tag in. assailANT goes for a quick roll up but gets powered to the corner. He gets in a few chops when Smashmaster misses a splash. assailANT knees him to the floor. McMassive stops his dive with a one-armed Boss Man Slam! That leads to assailANT being bullied by the Devastation Corporation for a few minutes. He side steps a tandem splash, causing them to run into each other. He takes the opening to tag in Green Ant. However, Bakabella distracts Dan Yost so that he does not see the tag. assailANT once again falls victim to the Corporation’s assault. He’s able to slide through Smashmaster’s legs and finally tag in Green Ant for good. He avoids a splash from Smashmaster and dropkicks the side of his head. He kicks out McMassive’s legs and throws some chops. He and assailANT deliver the Ants Marching dropkick. They throw stereo kicks to his back and chest. Green Ant tries a German suplex on Smashmaster. McMassive boots him in the back of the head to stop him. The Corporation sets him up for the Death Blow. assailANT stops them and with Green Ant dropkicks Smashmaster to the floor. Green Ant low bridges the rope to send McMassive out. The Colony dive out onto their opponents. assailANT double stomps McMassive and Green Ant locks him in the Cloverleaf. Bakabella distracts the referee. Green Ant gets in his face. Smashmaster rams him back first into the ring post and trips assailANT off the top rope. The Corporation put assailANT away with the Death Blow for the pin at 13:06. This version of the Colony is a lot of fun to watch. They had some cool tandem offense and really gave the Corporation a run for their money. This was a good way to end the show. The Colony rip Bakabella’s shirt off after the match. ***

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4 Responses to Wrestling is Art: Pop

  1. Filip says:

    I know you don’t review non chikara wrestlers but if the match was that good why don’t you just review it please for next time

  2. Filip says:

    Ok I understand your point and looking forward to reading more reviews and listening to mor viva chikara podcasts

  3. Kevin Ford says:

    Thank you very much! I really appreciate that you read this blog and listen to the podcasts.

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